We’re now a party of fourteen, eleven adults, and three littles. For Peanut’s Providence College Graduation Weekend, Bill and I scooped them all up and out to Rhode Island for a three-night stay to celebrate her accomplishments. Not a small feat, this required planes, trains, automobiles, hotel accommodations, and dinner reservations.
Dinner reservations for a large group in a college town on graduation weekend were challenging. Peanut secured a 5:15 pm (the first seating!) at one of her favorite spots Circe for Friday evening, and I booked a table on Sunday at 2 pm at Res American Bistro. Saturday afternoon Bill and I were invited to her department honor luncheon at the school. When I called and emailed our acceptance, I explained that Peanut was the youngest of six and all her siblings and significands would be there to celebrate, and could we please reply for fourteen guests. The school graciously said yes.
Knowing I would be pushing the envelope with two seated meals on one day, each requiring three highchairs, I booked a private hour and a half river cruise for Saturday evening. The river cruise would also pre-empt a Saturday night dinner reservation, and I decided to simply cater Saturday night’s dinner as the boat was bringing your food and beverage.
I planned out the menu a week ahead, shopped and baked in Buffalo, NY (freezing the cookies, not the lemon cakes, making all the sauces ahead), and packed the food in coolers to drive to Boston, MA. Friday morning, I roasted the beef, made the Chinese chicken salad, the shrimp salad, and the pesto pasta salad, and packed that all in containers for the drive to Providence, RI. Caroline had a full-size refrigerator in her hotel room, so I stored the food there. Saturday afternoon, after the luncheon, we sliced the beef, assembled the sandwiches, and packed single servings of each of the choices in brown paper containers. We were ready to cruise with bamboo flatware, paper napkins and plates, box Rosé, Bud Light, and fun little cocktails.
It took time, effort, and coordination, yet all good things require output. Peanut applied herself for four years earning honors, and her achievements were worthy of celebration.
Heartfelt congratulations, Peanut. Wishing you much-continued success. Next stop, Pierre Frey!